Benyon’s trav­els

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I pre­sume some­one paid for Jack Benyon to go to the Rally Isle of Man, in so much as the ferry or flight ( MN, Septem­ber 21).

As one who was at the event, would Jack please con­sider the cost that has to be faced by spec­ta­tors in purely cross­ing to the Isle of Man.

Not a lot of change out of £200 for the re­turn fare on the ferry, which in my case is equiv­a­lent to about 165 litres of fuel.

Based on my car av­er­ag­ing more than 12 miles per litre (54mpg), the ferry fare is the equiv­a­lent of trav­el­ling over 1950 miles to ral­lies or other mo­tor­sport ac­tiv­ity.

While I live north of Wat­ford, the mileage to an av­er­age rally, re­turn, is less than 500 miles. Put sim­ply, do I do four ral­lies across the main­land of Eng­land, Wales and Scot­land or do I tra­verse the Ir­ish sea to Douglas?

The spec­ta­tor is­sue could be solved at a stroke, half the ferry prices dur­ing the event (and the Manx Na­tional), but as long as the ferry com­pany can fill the lim­ited num­ber of fer­ries, they are happy and the spec­ta­tors will stay away. Bob Wright Leeds

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